Saturday 28 Mar 2020


3 Arrested In Wayne County Human Trafficking Case

On Monday, March 9, special agents with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and investigators with the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at a residence located in Goldsboro associated with an ongoing human trafficking investigation.  Subsequent to the execution of the search warrant, the following individuals have been charged as a result of this investigation:

  • Karen Lynn Anderson, 47, was arrested on Monday, March 9, 2020, and charged with one count of human trafficking of an adult victim.  Anderson was issued a $100,000 secured bond and booked at the Wayne County Detention Center.
  • William Henry Thornton, 76, was arrested on Monday, March 9, 2020, and charged with one count of attempted first-degree forcible rape.  Thornton was issued a $200,000 secured bond and booked at the Wayne County Detention Center.
  • Jeffrey Leon Harding, 48, was arrested on Monday, March 9, 2020, and charged with one count of possession of firearm by felon, one count of possession of a stolen firearm, one count of PWIMSD Schedule I Controlled Substance, one count of possession of marijuana up to ½ ounce, one count of possession of heroin and one count of felony possession of Schedule I Controlled Substance.  Harding was issued a $20,000 secured bond and booked at the Wayne County Detention Center.

Because this is an ongoing investigation, no additional information is available at this time.

Citizens can report suspected incidents of human trafficking to the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, your local police department/sheriff’s office or the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888.

6 Comments

  1. Jones says:

    Wondering if perhaps there was a misprint & they left out a “0” in reporting Harding’s bond amount. (Hopefully Harding’s bond was actually $200,000.) If so, I’d love to see a correction or perhaps an explanation from the magistrate’s office if it wasn’t an error.

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    • my 2 cents says:

      $20,000-$30,000 is usually the average bail given for people with those gun charges. The marijuana charges are usually misdemeanors alone since is its a small amount (person use not selling). The other drug charges while more serious usually don’t require large bails. The bail given was mostly based off of the gun charges.

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    • Dd says:

      It’s sad the only thing being focused on is Harding’s bond. Obviously the charge for human sex trafficking is more than a drug charge. I mean we are talking about a human’s life! Nobody here is innocent. Wonder why Harding is being targeted!??

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  2. hellion says:

    It was less than 1/2 and ounce of marijuana, and the amounts of the other drugs were not listed which I’m assuming were not significant amounts. Besides that since when is possessing, not even dealing drugs more severe that raping somebody. Being 76 years old doesn’t give anybody the right to harm another person that way. You don’t know if the victim was drugged or unconscious. One thing is to harm yourself with drugs but doing something as vile as raping someone is completely outrages. The only things backwards here are your morals and prejudices.

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  3. bigbob says:

    Harding charged with one count of possession of firearm by felon, one count of possession of a stolen firearm, one count of PWIMSD Schedule I Controlled Substance, one count of possession of marijuana up to ½ ounce, one count of possession of heroin and one count of felony possession of Schedule I Controlled Substance. Harding was issued a $20,000 secured bond some thing wrong here. He only got a $20.000 bond the other guy 76 years old can’t rape any thing he got a $200.000 bond think they got that backwards

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    • really? says:

      Had it been your family member who got raped would you also be defending this “poor 76 year old man”?

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